Why Is Bird Flu Hitting Millions of CAFO Birds but Sparing Backyard Flocks?

Could it be, as one commenter suggested below, intentional to make the price of meat and eggs skyrocket?

chicken-farm

The Midwest’s ongoing avian flu crisis is wreaking havoc on the region’s large-scale egg and turkey farms. Last week alone, the US Department of Agriculture confirmed that the virus had turned up in more than 20 additional facilities in the region, condemning 4 million birds to euthanasia. Altogether, the H5N2 virus—”highly pathogenic” to birds, so far non-threatening to humans—has affected 168 sites and a jaw-dropping 36 million birds, the great bulk of them in Iowa and surrounding states. It’s the largest avian flu outbreak in US history—and it has already wiped out 40 percent of the egg-laying flock h Iowa, the number-one egg-producing state in the US, according to The New York Times.

But it’s largely leaving backyard flocks unscathed. Why?

According to Hon S. Ip, a virologist at the US Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center, it’s a genuine mystery. Backyard flocks typically roam outdoors, in ready contact with wild birds, which are thought to be the origin of the virus. Their commercial counterparts live in tight confinement under strict “biosecurity” protocols: birds are shielded from contact with the outdoors; workers change into special boots and coveralls—or even shower—before entering facilities, etc.

Ip said that wild birds could be spreading the virus in one of two ways: directly, by bringing chickens and turkeys into contact with infected feces; or indirectly, through wind-borne particles that, say, blow through vents in a confined facility. “If that’s how it’s spreading, you’d expect backyard flocks to be widely affected too, but they don’t seem to be,” he told me. Moreover, it has continued to spread in Iowa, even after the egg industry had ample time to ramp up biosecurity. All of this suggests something else, besides wild birds, might be the cause, Ip added.

But what? He has no idea, he said. And nor, apparently, does anyone else.

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Elderly Cancer Patient Calls 911 Because He Ran Out of Food; Operator Comes to the Rescue

When Clarence Blackmon, 81, a cancer patient in Fayetteville, North Carolina, returned home from a round of cancer treatment and rehab, he found himself in an alarming situation: his fridge and pantries were empty. In his condition, Blackmon had no way of getting to the store. So, hungry and  desperate, Blackmon tried the first solution that came to mind: he called 911.

“I can’t do anything. I can’t go anywhere. I can’t get out of my damn chair,” Blackmon said in his 911 call, according to the local ABC syndicate. He then asked the operator if she would get him some groceries.

The heartbreaking scenario was quickly remedied by heroic 911 operator Marilyn Hinson, who, after getting permission from her manager, bought groceries for Blackmon and delivered them in person, even making him a ham sandwich.

Blackmon referred to Hinson as his “angel” and told ABC, “It was like a little miracle ringing in my ear. I thought, ‘Jesus, you answered those prayers!’”

The elderly man has been set up with a home nurse who will check on him twice a week

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10 Proven Health Benefits of Eggs (No. 1 is My Favorite)

Eggs are among the few foods that I would classify as “superfoods.”

They are loaded with nutrients, some of which are rare in the modern diet.

Here are 10 health benefits of eggs that have been confirmed in human studies.

1. Eggs Are Incredibly Nutritious

Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet.

A whole egg contains all the nutrients required to turn a single cell into a baby chicken.

A single large boiled egg contains (1):

  • Vitamin A: 6% of the RDA.
  • Folate: 5% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B5: 7% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B12: 9% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B2: 15% of the RDA.
  • Phosphorus: 9% of the RDA.
  • Selenium: 22% of the RDA.
  • Eggs also contain decent amounts of Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium and Zinc.

This is coming with 77 calories, 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of healthy fats.

Eggs also contain various other trace nutrients that are important for health.

Really… eggs are pretty much the perfect food, they contain a little bit of almost every nutrient we need.

If you can get your hands on pastured or Omega-3 enriched eggs, then these are even better. They have more Omega-3s and are much higher in Vitamin A and E (2, 3).

Bottom Line: Whole eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet, containing a little bit of almost every nutrient we need. Omega-3 enriched and/or pastured eggs are even healthier.

2. Eggs Are High in Cholesterol, But They Don’t Adversely Affect Blood Cholesterol

Egg

It is true that eggs are high in cholesterol.

In fact, a single egg contains 212 mg, which is over half of the recommended daily intake of 300 mg.

However… it’s important to keep in mind that cholesterol in the diet doesn’t necessarily raise cholesterol in the blood (4, 5).

The liver actually produces large amounts of cholesterol every single day. When we eat more eggs, the liver just produces less cholesterol instead, so it evens out (6, 7).

The response to egg consumption varies between individual (8):

    • In 70% of people, eggs don’t raise cholesterol at all.

 

  • In the other 30% (termed “hyper responders”), eggs can mildly raise Total and LDL cholesterol.

However, as I will outline later in the article, the situation is a bit more complicated than that and these changes are actually beneficial.

(Exceptions… people with genetic disorders like familial hypercholesterolemia or a gene type called ApoE4 may want to minimize or avoid eggs.).

Bottom Line: Eggs are high in cholesterol, but eating eggs does not have adverse effects on cholesterol in the blood for the majority of people.

3. Eggs Raise HDL (The “Good”) Cholesterol

Eggs in a Basket

HDL stands for High Density Lipoprotein. It is often known as the “good” cholesterol (9).

People who have higher levels of HDL usually have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke and various health problems (10, 11, 12, 13).

Eating eggs is a great way to increase HDL.

In one study, 2 eggs per day for 6 weeks increased HDL levels by 10% (14, 15, 16).

Bottom Line: Egg consumption consistently leads to elevated levels of HDL (the “good”) cholesterol, which is linked to a reduced risk of many diseases.

4. Eggs Contain Choline – an Important Nutrient That Most People Don’t Get Enough of

Choline is a nutrient that most people don’t even know exists.

Young Male Chef Holding an Egg

Yet, it is an incredibly important substance and is often grouped with the B vitamins.

Choline is used to build cell membranes and has a role in producing signalling molecules in the brain, along with various other functions (17).

Dietary surveys have shown that about 90% of people in the U.S. are getting less than the recommended amount of choline (18).

Whole eggs are an excellent source of choline. A single egg contains more than 100 mg of this very important nutrient.

Bottom Line: Eggs are among the best dietary sources of choline, a nutrient that is incredibly important but most people aren’t getting enough of.

5. Eggs Turn LDL Cholesterol From Small, Dense to Large, Linked to a Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Chicken and Egg, Smaller

LDL cholesterol is generally known as the “bad” cholesterol.

It is well known that having high levels of LDL is linked to an increased risk of heart disease (19, 20).

But what many people don’t realize is that there are subtypes of LDL that have to do with the size of the particles.

There are small, dense LDL particles and then there are large LDL particles.

Many studies have shown that people who have predominantly small, dense LDL particles have a higher risk of heart disease than people who have mostly large LDL particles (21, 22, 23).

Even if eggs tend to mildly raise LDL cholesterol in some people, studies show that the particles change from small, dense to large LDL… which is a good thing (24, 25).

 

Bottom Line: Egg consumption appears to change the pattern of LDL particles from small, dense LDL (bad) to large LDL, which is linked to a reduced heart disease risk.

6. Eggs Contain Lutein and Zeaxanthin, Antioxidants That Have Major Benefits For Eye Health

Eye on White Background

One of the consequences of ageing is that eyesight tends to get worse.

There are several nutrients that help counteract some of the degenerative processes that can affect our eyes.

Two of these are called Lutein and Zeaxanthin, powerful antioxidants that tend to build up in the retina of the eye (26, 27).

Studies show that consuming adequate amounts of these nutrients can significantly reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, two very common eye disorders (28, 29, 30).

Egg yolks actually contain large amounts of both Lutein and Zeaxanthin.

In one controlled trial, eating just 1.3 egg yolks per day for 4.5 weeks increased blood levels of Lutein by 28-50% and Zeaxanthin by 114-142% (31).

Eggs are also high in Vitamin A, which deserves another mention here. Vitamin A deficiency is the most common cause of blindness in the world (32).

Bottom Line: The antioxidants Lutein and Zeaxanthin are very important for eye health and can help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts. Eggs are high in both of them.

7. In the Case of Omega-3 or Pastured Eggs, They Lower Triglycerides as Well

Of course, it doesn’t just matter what we eat… it also matters what the foods that we eat, ate.

Young Man Holding a Chicken and Eggs

In this regard, not all eggs are created equal. Their nutrient composition varies depending on how the hens were fed and raised.

Eggs from hens that are raised on pasture and/or fed Omega-3 enriched feeds tend to be much higher in Omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-3 fatty acids are known to reduce blood levels of triglycerides, a well known risk factor for heart disease (33, 34).

Studies show that consuming Omega-3 enriched eggs is a very effective way to reduce triglycerides in the blood. In one of the studies, just 5 omega-3 enriched eggs per week for 3 weeks reduced triglycerides by 16-18% (35, 36).

Bottom Line: Omega-3 enriched and pastured eggs contain significant amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids. Eating these types of eggs is an effective way to reduce blood triglycerides.

8. Eggs Are High in Quality Protein, With All The Essential Amino Acids in The Right Ratios

Woman With Basket of Eggs

Proteins are the main building blocks of the human body.

They’re used to make all sorts of tissues and molecules that serve both structural and functional purposes.

Getting enough protein in the diet is very important and studies show that currently recommended amounts may be too low.

Well… eggs are an excellent source of protein, with a single large egg containing 6 grams.

Eggs contain all the essential amino acids in the right ratios, so our bodies are well equipped to make full use of the protein in them.

Eating adequate protein can help with weight loss, increase muscle mass, lower blood pressure and optimize bone health… to name a few (37, 38, 39, 40).

Bottom Line: Eggs are fairly high in quality animal protein and contain all the essential amino acids that humans need.

9. Eggs do NOT Raise Your Risk of Heart Disease and May Reduce The Risk of Stroke

Two Eggs, Broken and Whole

For many decades, eggs have been unfairly demonized.

It has been claimed that because of the cholesterol in them, they must be bad for the heart.

Many studies published in recent years have examined the relationship between egg consumption and the risk of heart disease.

In one review of 17 studies with a total of 263,938 participants, no association was found between egg consumption and heart disease or stroke (41).

Many other studies have led to the same conclusion (42, 43).

However… some studies have found that people with diabetes who eat eggs have an increased risk of heart disease (44).

Whether the eggs are actually causing the increased risk isn’t known, because these types of studies can only show statistical association. They can not prove that eggs caused anything.

It is possible that diabetics who eat eggs are less health conscious, on average.

On a low-carb diet, which is by far the best diet for diabetics, eating eggs leads to improvements in risk factors for heart disease (45, 46).

Bottom Line: Many studies have looked at egg consumption and the risk of heart disease and found no association. However, some studies have found an increased risk in people with type 2 diabetes.

10. Eggs Are Highly Fulfilling and Tend to Make You Eat Fewer Calories, Helping You to Lose Weight

A Bowl Full of Brown Eggs

Eggs are incredibly fulfilling.

They are a high protein food… but protein is by far the most fulfilling macronutrient (47).

Eggs score high on a scale called the Satiety Index, which measures the ability of foods to induce feelings of fullness and reduce subsequent calorie intake (48).

In one study of 30 overweight women, eating eggs instead of bagels for breakfast increased feelings of fullness and made them automatically eat fewer calories for the next 36 hours (49).

In another study, replacing a bagel breakfast with an egg breakfast caused significant weight loss over a period of 8 weeks (50).

 

Take Home Message

The studies clearly show that eating up to 3 whole eggs per day is perfectly safe.

There is no evidence that going beyond that is harmful, it is just “uncharted territory” as it hasn’t been studied.

I personally eat about 3-6 whole eggs per day and my health has never been better.

Really… eggs are pretty much nature’s perfect food.

On top of everything else, they are also cheap, easy to prepare, go with almost any food and taste awesome.

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Kentucky Sheriff on Suspect Shot by Police: “We are Glad He is White”

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The Congressman Who Spied for Russia

“Russia” ceased to exist in 1918 and like a Phoenix, rose from the ashes in 1991. 
 
Congressman “Dickstein” (what’s in a name?) spied for the Soviet Union, not Russia. The rulers of the Soviet Union during that period were not Russian by either race or cultural heritage.

Samuel Dickstein was short and silver-haired, “a slim little man in a natty gray suit,” the New York Times once characterized him. It was said he never left his red brick home on the Lower East Side of Manhattan without his Malacca walking stick, strolling past the teeming tenements with the air of what his Jewish immigrant constituents would call a big macher.

But Dickstein, a Democrat from New York City who served in the House of Representatives from the early 1920s to the mid-1940s, conducted himself in public life with none of the refined elegance that his self-presentation suggested. At a time when Joseph McCarthy was still an unknown lawyer in Wisconsin, Dickstein invented the modern practice of naming names—broadcasting the identities of suspected subversives without the slightest pretense of due process. If anyone can be credited (or blamed) with introducing the phrase “un-American activities” into the nation’s lexicon, it is he. An unusually shameless publicity hound in a legislative body full of them, Dickstein had a habit of inviting his antagonists to step outside and settle matters like men, once announcing such a fistic challenge to Rep. Thomas L. Blanton of Texas on the House floor. (Blanton appears to have declined.)

So over-the-top as to be ineffectual—he had the poor taste to call for Noel Coward to be barred from the country because the English wit made a quip about the manliness of Brooklyn soldiers—Dickstein left Congress in 1946, and served as a state Supreme Court justice until his death in 1954. In 1963, a portion of the street grid close to where he used to live on East Broadway was christened “Samuel Dickstein Plaza.” No controversy attended the occasion. He then went about the time-honored practice of being forgotten.

That is, until 1999, when Allen Weinstein and Alexander Vassiliev published The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America—the Stalin Era, which through the use of previously unavailable KGB records went a long way toward convincing those who could be convinced that Alger Hiss and Julius Rosenberg were in fact working for the Soviet Union. The authors also revealed that Stalin had a spy in Congress, an exasperating character who once “blazed up very much, claiming that if we didn’t give him money he would break with us,” according to his Soviet contact. To this day, Sam Dickstein is the only known U.S. representative to have served as a covert agent for a foreign power. His codename was Crook.

It was quite a posthumous comedown for a man who passed himself off as a devoted servant of his poor supporters and a dedicated upholder of American ideals. Still, only within the last 18 months has an effort begun to remove Dickstein’s name from the handful of street signs that bear it—a laborious bureaucratic process led by a community organization that has pledged “to right an historic wrong.”

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Born in Vilnius, Lithuania, in 1885, Dickstein immigrated with his religious Jewish parents to the Lower East Side as a small child. According to a hack biography written about him in 1935, titled American Defender, his mother Slata sought to insulate him from the pervasive leftism that would enable a Socialist, Meyer London, to be elected as the neighborhood’s congressman. Slata (known as Bessie) “took care that Sam, even at his early age, should escape the evil influence that was spreading like a net over the community,” the author writes. “Before he had completely lost his accent, Sam was sent to school where Bessie knew he would learn the fundamentals of Americanism. Her greatest pleasure was to hear her son sing, dreadfully out of tune, ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee.’ ”

After attending City College and graduating from New York Law School, Dickstein was admitted to the bar and started a private practice specializing in landlord-tenant disputes. He would claim that over the course of his career he represented 30,000 slum dwellers free of charge. In 1911, he began his ascent in the Tammany Hall organization—first as a special deputy attorney general, then city alderman and, for three years, as a state assemblyman in Albany. In 1922, he was the machine Democrat who knocked off the celebrated Meyer London, who had the honor of being the only House member to vote against the wartime Sedition Act of 1918, which abridged the First Amendment by making it a crime to “utter, print, write, or publish any disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language” about the U.S. government, Constitution or military.

Dickstein didn’t achieve a degree of prominence in Congress until the Democrats took control of the House following the 1930 midterms and Tammany chieftains insisted that he be named to lead the Committee on Immigration and Naturalization. From this perch, he began his career as a scourge of the disloyal.

Although he made a habit of denouncing Communists (“highbinders and hoodlums”), Dickstein was really out for the fascists. In late 1933, less than a year after Adolf Hitler came to power, Dickstein convened informal and unfunded hearings on “Nazi Propaganda Activities by Aliens in the U.S.,” which was a response to a public controversy in New York surrounding a Reich-assigned agitator who sought to intimidate German Americans into joining a Nazi front called the Friends of the New Germany. Over the course of five sessions, witnesses alleged that emissaries of the Third Reich were delivering printed matter, military uniforms, propaganda films and spy orders to pro-Nazi operatives in this country. During one hearing, Dickstein questioned a man publicly identified only as Mr. X, who said that Nazi Germany’s ultimate goal was to establish “an absolute dictatorship in the United States.”

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The Third Muslim Invasion

They came in the early eighth century across the Straits of Gibraltar, unleashing terror and carnage across Iberia “like a desolating storm.”  They were stopped deep inside today’s France, at Tours, by Charles Martel in 732.  They kept attacking Europe throughout the Middle Ages, but their next sustained assault was at her vulnerable southeastern flank, taking advantage of Byzantium’s weakened state after the infamous Fourth Crusade.  They conquered Constantinople and destroyed the Christian nations of Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary.  They were finally stopped at the gates of Vienna in 1683.

Europe seemed safe over the ensuing 250 years of unprecedented demographic, scientific, technological, and geopolitical advance.  The “sick man on the Bosphorus” was reduced to a mere object of European imperial ambitions, while “Arabia,” irrelevant to the civilized world, remained stuck in its primitive ways.

Then Europe attempted suicide with the Great War, sealed with its sequel in 1939-45.  Her subsequent material recovery was a mirage.  Dechristianized and focused on the need for cheap labor regardless of its source, she imported millions of Muslim immigrants in the 1960’s and 70’s—Turks to Germany, Pakistanis to Britain, Algerians to France, and a mix of them all to Benelux, Scandinavia, Austria.  A generation later a multimillion Muslim diaspora was well established throughout the old continent.  Steeped in the Islamic ethos regardless of ethnic origin, it refused integration and created its own infidel-free zones in the French banlieus, Yorkshire’s industrial cities, and Berlin’s suburbs.

The process has been assisted by Europe’s political elite.  In recent years, for example, a Dutch justice minister announced that the Muslim demand for no-go zones and sharia in Holland was perfectly legitimate, while a Swedish government minister declared that “we must be open and tolerant towards Islam and Muslims because when we become a minority, they will be so towards us.”  Similar examples are too numerous to mention.  By last January, Europe was more than ready to follow the Charlie Hebdo massacre with a wave of morbid self-examination and shrill warnings against “Islamophobia.”

The Third Muslim Invasion of Europe is entering its mature stage by sea, just like the previous two onslaughts.  The difference is threefold.  The invaders are not armed warriors but “asylum seekers.”  They can count on a massive infrastructure of Islamic centers and coreligionists to welcome them.  And there is no political will to resist them.

Europe’s southern maritime frontier is as porous as America’s on the Rio Grande.  Last year 220,000 African and Asian illegal immigrants landed on northern Mediterranean shores.  None have been sent back.  E.U. border-agency chief Fabrice Leggeri says that up to a million are currently poised to leave Libya alone.  It is an eminently Muslim invasion: African Christians making the crossing, a minority, are routinely thrown overboard by their jihadist-minded fellow passengers.

The conquest proceeds unchecked because the elite class does not want it checked.  “How can it be that we are daily witnessing a tragedy?” Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi wondered after a boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off Libya’s coast last April.  “Europe can do more, and Europe must do more” to improve rescue missions, declared Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament.  Europe must mobilize more ships, more aircraft, French President François Hollande said.  “Words won’t do anymore,” Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told a rally.  Pope Francis, addressing a crowd in Saint Peter’s Square, called on political leaders to “act decisively and promptly to prevent similar tragedies.”

None of these luminaries is suggesting that those rescued should be sent back to Tripoli or Benghazi, or that Europe should do more to prevent the smugglers’ boats from reaching her shores.  Sr. Renzi explicitly rejected calls from the right for a naval blockade and announced that the rescuers would not be returning anyone “to chaos and violence in Libya.”  It can be predicted with mathematical certainty that such policies will only prompt further hundreds of thousands, and eventually millions, to make the crossing.

 

Forty-two years after The Camp of the Saints came out, Jean Raspail has been proved right.  The invaders are not Indians but far more hostile Muslims, yet the result is the same: Our civilization is on the road to disappearance.  This applies to all of traditionally Catholic and Protestant Europe.  Her current collapse comes from the “old Christian virtues gone mad,” as Chesterton put it—the depraved ideology of universal human rights.

The post-Christian liberal West, which has lost its sense of purpose and history, is unable to protect itself from those who want to destroy and conquer it.

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Two killed, 37 sickened after reactions to vaccine in Mexico

At least two children died and another 37 were sickened after babies were vaccinated in a remote village in southern Mexico, officials said Saturday.

The Chiapas state government said the dead children were both just a year old. One of the sick is in critical condition and 14 others are in serious condition.

A Catholic group, People who Believe, said a one month-old boy and a girl of the same age had died after receiving vaccinations in La Pimienta, a Simojovel village of Tzotzil Maya indigenous people.

Mexico’s southernmost state has a large population of indigenous Maya groups. Those who are in mountain villages often have no easy or routine access to medical care.

So doctors with a public safety brigade are given the job of bringing in vaccines to these communities.

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Feds Panic on Mass Common Core Test Refusals

Public resistance to Common Core is exploding across America, and officials are not happy about it. The Obama administration’s Department of Education, along with pro-Common Core government officials across the country under pressure from the feds, appear to be in panic mode. Facing a growing nationwide “opt out” movement to refuse participation in the unconstitutional federally funded testing regime aligned with the Obama-backed national school standards, senior bureaucrats, including Education Secretary Arne Duncan, have actually started resorting to lawless threats against parents, teachers, students, and entire state governments. Some parents were threatened by officials with jail time. Even small children are being punished by the state for “opting out” of the deeply controversial tests, with one California mother telling The New American that her daughter was publicly denied ice cream in retaliation.

But so far, the threats are only emboldening the opposition.

Perhaps the most outrageous threat so far came from Obama’s education chief, Duncan, who  boasted in recent years of using government schools to create “green citizens” with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) as a “global partner.” Late last month, Duncan, who was greeted by protesters urging him to “stop test bullying,” threatened federal intervention to force Americans to take the Common Core tests if states would not do the job. “We think most states will do that,” Duncan proclaimed at an Education Writers Association conference in Chicago. “If states don’t do that, then we [the federal government] have an obligation to step in.” In reality, of course, the federal government has an obligation under the U.S. Constitution to butt out. But despite swearing an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, including the 10th Amendment, Duncan has led the charge in recent years to finish federalizing the government school system — and to use it as what he called a “weapon” to “change to world.”

Sounding oblivious to America’s federalist system of constitutional government, Duncan proclaimed that he expected state governments to hold “districts’ and schools’ feet to the fire on this,” as if state governments were mere administrative units to enforce decrees from the all-powerful federal executive branch. Hundreds of thousands of students in New York recently opted out. Almost nobody took the tests in some districts amid a full-scale uprising by teachers, students, and parents. In Chicago, where even the teachers’ union has blasted the federal takeover, school officials were threatened with the loss of more than $1 billion in state and federal “education aid” if not enough students were successfully coerced into taking the Common Core aligned tests. Still, few details were provided on what it might look like to have the Obama administration “step in” and force students to take the controversial tests — an outrageous threat he also made in a discussion with Motoko Rich of the New York Times.

Critics, however, ridiculed the threat, daring the administration to try it. “Assuming that Duncan is not planning to call in the National Guard to haul off opt-outing 8-year-olds, the only possible ‘sanction’ would be withholding funds,” observed Carol Burris, an award-winning New York principal who recently stepped down to fight back against what she sees as problems with the public education system. “That would surely lead to court challenges forcing the Education Department to justify penalizing schools when parents exercise their legitimate right to refuse the test — an impossible position to defend.” Noting that students of all races and backgrounds were opting out of the testing scheme, Burris pointed out that the rates “defy the stereotype that the movement is a rebellion of petulant ‘white suburban moms.’”

In a recent statement published by the Washington Post, the New York “2013 High School Principal of the Year” also highlighted a number of troubling government abuses targeting parents. Among other concerns, she said, citing activists and teachers, that administrators in some districts took advantage of non-English speaking parents by lying to them about the tests, saying they were mandatory or that children would be held back for refusal to take them. One critic called it “blatant discrimination at best.” Burris also lambasted the Common Core tests and noted that Duncan’s own children go to a non-Common Core school — as do the children of Common Core financier Bill Gates, and Common Core strongman Obama. She concluded the scathing commentary by noting that the movement to refuse the tests puts the entire “education reform” agenda in serious trouble.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Propaganda Babylonian Style!

Free Trade is Plutocratic Propaganda

With the looming Trans-Pacific Partnership dominating the headlines, now is a good time to revisit an old scam called “free trade.”

In 2003, Kevin Flanagan was an information technology employee at Bank of America. They told him he was being replaced with foreign labor, and he was ordered to train his replacement. After he completed his assignment, he was laid off. Then he went to the parking lot and shot himself.  

That’s “free trade.”

Like The Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s 1984, sometimes, the most effective way to lie is to use the most innocent words. No word is more susceptible to propaganda-leveraging than “freedom.” Attach that word to any concept, and all of a sudden, it’s unassailable. That’s exactly what happened with “free trade.”

Proponents of free trade will often use the simplest analogies to convey their point, as if you were retarded. The reason they have to resort to such caveman illustrations is because free trade does not exist in the real world. There is no such thing as equality of bargaining power. If someone has ten million dollars and you have zero dollars, anything above zero is an “improvement” in your situation. The free trade economists will say this person with zero dollars is “free” to work for $1 per hour, and they will do so because it improves their situation. This is what “freedom” means to free trade economists.

If you doubt the free trade economists, they will call you a “protectionist,” as if protecting your country’s economy were some kind of grievous transgression. In fact, nothing is more American than shunning free trade nonsense.

Ian Fletcher calls free trade the myth of “cowboy capitalism.” According to Fletcher, all four presidents on Mt. Rushmore were protectionists. The entire American Revolution was fought because the colonists were tired of being economically exploited by the British. Alexander Hamilton realized that British dominance in manufacturing and American reliance on agriculture were dooming us to a banana republic future. The solution? Tariffs. By taxing British goods, the United States boosted its manufacturing industry. By 1820, tariffs were at 40%.

Abraham Lincoln said, “Give us a protective tariff, and we will have the greatest nation on earth.”

One of the fascinating parts of this history is that the South was opposed to protectionism. They wanted free trade. Why? Because free trade was necessary for the international slave trade from Africa to the United States.

Fast forward to 1994. That’s when the North American Free Trade Agreement was enacted. The result was nothing less than the wholesale destruction of the American manufacturing industry. And where did these displaced workers go? In the 1990s, 98% of all net new jobs created were in the service industry, which has lower wages.

This is what free trade looks like. I love the smell of freedom in the morning.

NAFTA

Manufacturing Employees

One doesn’t have to look hard to find free trade evangelists in the corporate world. Apple, the world’s largest company, is also the largest example of how free trade is a game of heads I win, tails you lose. Only 5.6% of Apple workers are in the United States. There are 43,000 Apple employees in the country and 20,000 employees overseas. However, Apple is nothing without its global suppliers, where 700,000 workers make the next round of flashy gizmos that nobody needs anyway. These suppliers should be included in the worker count because they are directly involved in the manufacturing process.

In February 2011, President Obama asked Steve Jobs, “Why can’t that work come home?” Despite having the last name of “Jobs,” Steve Jobs made it clear that he didn’t care about jobs. He only cared about money. He said, “Those jobs aren’t coming back.

In 1983, Jobs used patriotism when it was convenient for him. He called the Macintosh, “a machine that is made in America.” Later, he said, “I’m as proud of the factory as I am of the computer.” But by 2004, patriotism gave way to profits, and Apple became an American company in name only. It relied on foreign manufacturing.

Betsey Stevenson, former chief economist at the Labor Department, said, “Companies once felt an obligation to support American workers, even when it wasn’t the best financial choice. That’s disappeared. Profits and efficiency have trumped generosity.”

Of course, Apple falls back on the timeless corporate lie that American workers are not skilled enough. One anonymous Apple executive said, “We shouldn’t be criticized for using Chinese workers. The U.S. has stopped producing people with the skills we need.” They were skilled enough before NAFTA, but after NAFTA, all of a sudden, they all forgot how to do their jobs. It’s funny how that amnesia works. Now, for every two American college graduates with degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, only one of them is hired into a job in their field. Sounds like a real skills shortage.

Alan Blinder, a professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton and a former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, said, “Contrary to conventional wisdom, the more offshorable occupations are not low-end jobs, whether measured by wages or by education.The correlation between skill and offshorability is almost zero.”

The anonymous Apple executive made it clear that Apple was really a country to itself and did not care about jobs or social effects, “We sell iPhones in over a hundred countries. We don’t have an obligation to solve America’s problems.”

Manufacturing analysts estimate that if Apple paid Americans to build iPhones, it would cost an extra $65 per iPhone. With hundreds of dollars of profits per phone, Apple would still be profitable.

While Obama asked Steve Jobs about bringing jobs back to America, the Apple executives had their own suggestions. They wanted more visas so they could bring in more foreign workers. They wanted a tax holiday so they could bring back some of their overseas profits at no cost. They wanted government funding to train American workers. Notice a pattern here? They want to exploit government assistance so they can maximize their profits, which would boost their stock options. On and on it goes.

You may be familiar with the term “corporate raider” from the 1980s, but what is happening now is on a scale much larger than that. It is “country raiding.” Entire countries are being exploited and saddled with the burden of supporting multi-national behemoths who tell you that your very demise is actually your greatest freedom. Some Americans are catching on to this scam and are actually leaving the country in pursuit of opportunity. Imagine that: leaving America for economic reasons. Ellis Island has been flipped on its head. “Give me your tired and your poor” has been replaced with “Let’s Get Out!”

As Zero Hedge reported, in the first quarter of 2015, a record number of Americans renounced their citizenship.

Expatriates

One expatriate, Emily Matchar, described her experience, “After applying for 279 jobs over two years, my husband finally got the offer he’d been hoping for: a well-paid position teaching philosophy at a respected university. We should have been thrilled. There was just one little thing. The job was in Hong Kong. My husband said, “I feel like we’re being deported from our own country.”

Meanwhile, in China, Apple continues to thrive on its masses of slave labor. Like the antebellum South, Apple supports free trade because it makes their slave labor possible. Foxconn, Apple’s major supplier, is located in Shenzhen. Do you know how they keep their unemployment rate down? If you are a migrant worker who has been unemployed for more than 3 months, it is illegal to rent housing. So you can either be homeless or leave. I’m sure the people at the Bureau of Labor Statistics would love a policy like this in the United States. Then they wouldn’t have to bend over backwards to goal-seek all their employment data to conform to the official “recovery” story line. If you’re not unemployed in Shenzhen, you’re probably getting beaten by Foxconn security or jumping off buildings to escape your miserable existence.

So you can imagine my level of trust when President Obama says this time will be different. He called the Trans-Pacific Partnership “the most progressive trade deal in history.” And yet he doesn’t want to tell us anything about it. With NAFTA, 5 million American manufacturing jobs were lost, and 57,000 factories shut down. What will the Trans-Pacific Partnership do? It’s like a sequel to a movie that was terrible in the first place.

Obama visited Nike’s headquarters as part of his political rally. One of the high-quality jobs at Nike is held by a 32-year-old mother in Indonesia who processes 100 shoes per hour for 83 cents. I’m sure she is a free trade supporter.

After awhile, you start to realize that the people who love free trade so much are economic hacks and the uber-rich. They use sterilized language and hollow arguments to convince you of the positive ideals of free trade. In all honesty, it’s a great theory. It really is. But then the moment you start believing it, they start working in all sorts of exceptions – usually for themselves. Before you know it, you’re an unemployed American or a Chinese slave at Foxconn. And the uber-rich are in the Bahamas laughing about it, thanking the economists for playing along with the story.

One thing is for sure: The Founding Fathers would have never put up with this bs. Neither should you.

 

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KY Cops Take 10 Kids From ‘Free-Range’ Family, Brutalize Pregnant Mother

The Naugler family

A family says Breckinridge County Kentucky Sheriff Todd Pate, with other officers, entered their home without a warrant or probable cause and took their 10 children.

Nicole Naugler was pulled over by a Breckinridge County deputy before officers took her two oldest boys with no documentation to support their actions, an audio recording of the incident shows.

Nicole, 5 months pregnant, was slammed into the hood of a cop car, and was taken into custody for disorderly conduct after pleading with the Sheriff to not take her boys, and resisting arrest.

When Nicole’s husband Joe arrived, Sheriff Pate, with his hand on his sidearm, ordered him back his the car and ordered him to turn over the remaining eight children over by 10:00 am, a website dedicated to raising support for the family, states.

Joe was threatened with felony charges if he didn’t comply, the website says. It appears the incident unfolded as a result of an unfounded anonymous complaint filed with Child Protective Services.

Audio recorded from the event details a heartbreaking scene as a mother cries for her children and police refuse to offer explanations before physical brutalizing her.

The following is a blog post from an advocate website, launched on behalf of the family, SaveOurFamily.info:

Joe and Nicole Naugler live on a homestead in rural Kentucky. They live a very simple life. They garden and raise animals. They are industrious people trying to teach their children how to live right.

They have ten children who are homeschooled on the homestead. They contribute to the success of the family crops and livestock, all while learning about the amazing beauty of life.

On May 6th, 2015, Breckinridge Co. Sheriff’s officers came to their home, acting on an anonymous tip, and entered their property and home without a warrant and without probable cause. Nicole was at home with the two oldest children, while Joe was away with the others. When the officers left the home, they attempted to block the access road to the family property. Nicole and the two boys got in their car to leave the family property. The got only a short way down the road before the officers pulled Nicole over.

During this stop, sheriffs deputies took their two oldest boys from Nicole’s custody, providing her no justification or documentation to support their action. Nicole was able to contact Joe briefly by telephone, but only for a short period of time, because she needed to use her phone to record the events.

Joe was able to arrange transportation to meet his wife where the stop had taken place. At that point, Nicole had been taken into custody for disorderly conduct (for not passively allowing the Sheriff to take her boys) and resisting arrest. Joe attempted to get out of the car to speak with the officers and his wife, and to recover the vehicle Nicole had been driving. The Sheriff, with his hand on his sidearm, ordered Joe back into the car. Joe complied with that request. The sheriff informed Joe that he had every intention of making this as difficult as possible for them and that their car would be impounded, despite the fact that Joe was there on­site to recover it.

A friend, who had driven Joe to the location, got out of the car to speak with the Sheriff. She was able to convince the Sheriff to let Joe recover the vehicle. Joe also recovered Nicole’s cell phone, which had been recording audio the entire time.

The Sheriff ordered Joe to turn the remaining eight children over to Breckinridge County Sheriff’s deputies by 10:00 a.m., and threatened him with felony charges if he does not comply.

At this time (roughly 5:00 CDT), Nicole is being held in custody in Hardinsburg, KY by the Breckinridge Co. Sheriff. The whereabouts of their two oldest sons is unknown to the family. Nicole faces a magistrate at 8:00 a.m. to set bail and an arraignment will take place shortly thereafter.

All of this has happened because of an anonymous complaint filed with CPS. In the state of KY, an anonymous complaint cannot be considered probable cause to pursue this course of action. It cannot be confirmed that this is the complainant, but earlier this week an acquaintance of the Naugler family threatened to file a CPS complaint against them, all because Joe “unfriended” this acquaintance on Facebook.

We ask for your support for the Naugler family at this time. Through no fault of their own, they will now be faced with significant legal expenses. Any support is greatly accepted. Whether you can or cannot contribute to their legal defense fund, please consider them in your prayers, meditations, positive energies, and any other support you can provide. Share their story!

SaveOurFamily.info reports Nicole has been released from custody but the 10 children remain.

“I am a free range human. Not meant to be caged,” the woman said. “But I will stand up for my rights. Overwhelmed by love and support.”

Listen to unsettling audio of the incident: HERE

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